Aug 07, 2013 - 4:51 pm
I usually have lots of intense pains after surgeries. I expect it. But pulling the plum sized mass out of my left lung with the thoracotomy is really kicking me and the pain has got me down.
The pain is so intense in the back, the side of my chest, and the lower chest/lung. This surgery is known for being incredibly painful and the surgeon had to work on areas that are already in pain from the BMX with node removal.
I improved a bit over Sunday morning when I woke up (that is when I went thru my first night at home and didn't set an alarm to take pain meds at night and found out how painful it is when I got stuck on the toilet until I could gather enough oomph until I could get myself up).
I seem to have reached a plateau.
I have been taking 1-2 of the vicodin 5-325 mixture. I called the nurse on Monday and I could tell I was being treated like a suspected drug addict. The P.A., Tracey told me I could take two at a time because I will be in a lot of pain. The nurse I spoke with couldn't find his note right away and accused me of taking it wrong. I corrected her right away and said Tracey told me I could take 2 if needed and that he wasn't writing me a new script for it, because I have some at home. She said there was nothing stronger they could give me. I am not sure if they couldn't because of the type of surgery or if their policy is not to give out anything stronger than vicodin.
It feels like someone has stuck a fork in my back and it is stuck there. In the front and side, it feels like there is a crowbar sticking in me. Coughing is absolutely horrible. The lower left lung where they took the plum sized mass out hurts like heck when I cough. I have been bracing myself when I cough with both hands, tried holding a pillow against my chest, nothing seems to help.
Raising my arm just sucks and gives me the most extreme pain that lasts a long time before it goes away. and I get so mad when I do whatever it is that makes it do that.
I am still sleeping in the recliner at nights, but found that I can lay on my right side on the sofa now.
It is a darn good thing the mass was as big as it was or I would be getting mad that the surgery and pain was not worth it.
Thanks for listening and if any of you had this surgery, what did you have for pain relief when you got home?